Posted in music | tour dates on June 19, 2009

Punk Island

...NYC punk is alive and kicking hard.

Abundant proof will be found at the second annual Punk Island, on Sunday, June 21st on Governors Island, when Make Music New York transforms the ordinarily quiet outpost into a punk/hardcore paradise.

Over 70 bands will appear on twelve stages scattered around the island, as free ferries transport revelers from the Battery Maritime Building at the tip of Lower Manhattan to Governors Island, every half hour beginning at 10am.

Just like the rest of Make Music New York, all performances are outdoors and completely free.

Full lineup and more info below...


Punk Island begins at 10am and ends at 5pm sharp. Ferries leave every 30 minutes from the Battery Maritime Terminal, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. Take the 1 train to South Ferry Station, or the R train to Whitehall St. Station. The ferry to Governors Island is free.

Governors Island is state park property. No alcoholic beverages, pets, or weapons are permitted. For detailed rules and regulations, please visit

Once you arrive, programs will be available at the Punk Island registration table. Water, snacks, and soft drinks will be for sale, along with Punk Island shirts, stickers and special limited edition skateboards. All proceeds from refreshments and merchandise go towards the Punk Island production expenses.

Special Punk Island t-shirts can be purchased before June 21st by visiting or by emailing Slug Boa at slug (at) Register at the MySpace site to receive updates, make friends, arrange shared rides, find a place to stay, and network with the bands.

In addition to the music, Worship Skateboards will be on hand to sponsor a skateboard demo. Sponsored skaters will rock out with wicked half-pipe shredding, and sell their limited edition Punk Island skateboards.


Stage 1. Main Stage Bands with headlining Special Guests
Stage 2. Hardcore Punk Bands with headliner Burger Wurger from Germany
Stage 3. Philadelphia Street Punk Bands with headliner Street Vengeance
Stage 4. Skate Punk Bands with skateboarding demo by Worship Skateboards
Stage 5, 6, and 7. Hardcore Punk Bands of New York and Philadelphia including Kung Fu Killers and Iconicide
Stage 8. Curated by Cadaver Concepts
Stage 9. Ska and Melodic Bands including Captain Ronzo and the Thirsty Pirates
Stage 10. Crust Punk or D-Beat Bands
Stage 11. Female-fronted Bands including Rock & Roll Punk, OI and Girl Rock.
Stage 12. Old-School Bands, with Poison Control from California.


Alley Rats, NY
Angry Youth, VA
Ballistik, PA
Ballz, NY
Blackout Shoppers, NY
The Blame, NY
Blood Bomber, PA
The Boils, PA
Bucket Flush, PA
Burger Wurger, Germany
Bust It!, CT
Captain Ronzo & The Thirsty Pirates, NY
Chesty Malone and the Slice 'Em Ups!, NY
Cinema, Cinema, NY
Combat Crisis, PA
Common Enemy, PA
Criminal Mischief, NJ
Dead Aces, NY
Dealin' With It, NY
Descender, NY
Dissystema, PA
Electric Frankenstein, NJ
Feet First, NY
Halfway Crooks, NY
Hate and War, PA
Hipster Holocaust, NY
Iconicide, NY
Kids Carry Germs, NY
Kissy Kamikaze, NY
Kung Fu Killers, NJ
Lightning Crabs, NY
Long Drop, CT
Major Potential, NY
makeoutmusic, NY
Mutilated Martyr, NY
Nervous Breakdown, NY
No Account, CT
Nothing But Enemies/SCFF, MA
O.P.S., FL
Olde York, NY
Percocettes, PA
Pigsh*t Engine, NY
Piss Ants, VA
Poison Control, CA
Quarterlife Crisis, NY
Rabia, NY
Rapid Deployment Force, NY
The Ray Gradys, PA
Razors in the Night, MA
Robocock, NY
Run Johnny Run, NY
Sedated, PA
Seizure Crypt, NY
Sexual Suicide, NY
Skum City, NY
S.M.U.T., NY
Social Standards, NY
Star F*cking Hipsters, NY
Stark, NY
Straphangers, NY
Street Vengeance, PA
Stress Bomb, CT
Team Spider, NY
Ultra Violence, NY
The Underclassed, PA
The UN Posse, NY
U.T.D., NY,
Vagiant, MA
The Wheezing Stumblers, NY
Yo! Scunt, NY
Zero Content, NY



Comments (40)

that's going to be one stinky, annoying ferry ride

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 2:32 PM

No booze. Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 2:41 PM

+10 points for band name "hipster holocaust"

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 2:46 PM

The free ferry from Brooklyn to Gov Island will also run this Sunday:

Posted by Amy | June 19, 2009 2:48 PM

"No alcohol or pets"...bwahahahaha.

The number of space bags full of cheap wine and malnourished crust punk dogs will probably outnumber people.

Showing that dirty punks are just like everybody else, this festival has one good band for every 10 shitty ones.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 2:50 PM

^^^ Reatard

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 3:14 PM

Retard Reatard

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 3:16 PM

"punk" music in 2009 is silly.

it's the ideas not the style that matters, idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 3:18 PM

This would be ace if this was the pre-metalcore/indie rock era and I was 14. know.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 3:31 PM

last year the military took over the main stage in the middle of the day for an hour. The punks just wandered away and let it happen, it was awful hot, and there were a couple dozen nypd agents in place hoping it would provoke a riot. I wonder if the military plans it again this year.

Kilslug no longer list this on their website so I doubt they're playing.

Posted by nygrump | June 19, 2009 3:35 PM

"Kilslug no longer list this on their website so I doubt they're playing."

ah, thanks. We were just trying to figure that out.

Posted by brooklynvegan | June 19, 2009 3:39 PM

As someone who's actively involved in in punk and hardcore music and has been for around a decade...........who the fuck are any of those bands? No disnihil? No black anvil? Celebrity Murders? etc etc etc etc

Posted by uh | June 19, 2009 4:02 PM

Dammit! Kilslug were the only reason to go to this. "I hate a lot of people and I want to kill them all. I need your help, to answer the call!"

I guess I'll spend the day with my fuckin' father then.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 4:04 PM

punk cock

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 4:05 PM

Pnk without beer is easy listening.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 4:13 PM

do they allow poseurs to come to this or that's an automatic beat-down?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 4:38 PM

Poison Control from CA are worth the trip...

Posted by J | June 19, 2009 4:58 PM

No beer sucks ass

Posted by Boxx | June 19, 2009 5:14 PM

Oh great! Ballz is playing!

Posted by Eggs1234 | June 19, 2009 5:23 PM

As far as I know, the majority of the bands playing Punk Island are the ones that were proactive enough to apply to play the event.

If you don't recognize any of the band names, you should only be excited by the prospect of hearing something new. This event isn't about the same old 6 NYHC bands still kicking around from the late 80s and early 90s. Sure there are going to be some stinkers in the mix, but there are 70 bands—and it's free!

I also think it's ridiculous to write off the whole event based on a lame stereotype of all punk rockers and fans being the equivalent of snotty nose kids or dirty hippies with mohawks. When did "punk" rock become so uncool? As someone pointed out, punk is about the ideas, not the style.

And for all the doubters and haters, this event is totally volunteer run and about as DIY as something this size could be in NYC. As a member of a band playing the show, I can attest to the great work of the very very few super cool kids organizing the event.

For those who aren't too jaded or too-cool-for-school, you should come check out the shows. My band Descender is playing Stage 5 at 12:45, and I can guarantee we don't fit neatly into the "punk" or "hardcore" stereotype. You could do worse than checking out some exciting new music on a beautiful state park in our own backyard.

And yeah, I totally wish my band was called Hipster Holocaust too.

Posted by Eric | June 19, 2009 5:47 PM

What's with all the whining? Honestly, if you've been to any local punk shows in the last few years you'll have already seen at least some of these bands.

Posted by Lars | June 19, 2009 9:11 PM

Dear Eric,

I am old, and am only interested in seeing the same 6 NYHC bands still kicking around. I am jaded and don't give a flying fuck about whatever 30 million bands are kicking around this year, as I have been around long enough to realize that no more than 2 or 3 of them are likely a) any good, and b) likely to be around for more than another year.

In closing, fuck this young whippersnapper bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2009 10:51 PM

Dear Anonymous Old-timer,

It's unfortunate that there are people out there who are actually as jaded as you jokingly claim to be. But point taken. I guess the idealist in me is just so over people leaving unnecessarily negative comments in an attempt to prove how much cooler they are than everyone else. I'm going to refrain from writing chapter 2 of my "why can't we all get along?" comment dissertation and just say that it's your loss, buddy.

And for the record, I'm 35, which doesn't make me a prime candidate for the young whippersnapper bullshit club you so lovingly speak of.

The real crime here is that this article fails to mention the fact that fucking Reagan Youth is headlining the main stage! Now there's one for you jaded old farts. If that's not enough to get you out to the show, I'm not sure what will.

Posted by Eric | June 20, 2009 12:39 AM

i like to listen to punk in my dad's Volvo while he's driving me to school.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 2:23 AM

punk as an ethos is great.

punk as a genre is stupid bullshit.

every one of these bands sucks because they're flogging a horse that's been dead for 25 years at least

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 2:28 AM

no one knows

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 7:25 AM

Bumpin' Tacos isn't playing!! wtf

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 7:33 AM

really, where do these bands play?
i haven't heard of even one of them
it's like some alterante universe

Posted by gregory | June 20, 2009 11:41 AM

I'm just gonna ride the ferry back and forth like Siddhartha.

Posted by Hugh | June 20, 2009 12:29 PM

It's a damn shame there's so much hate on this board. I've seen a few bands on this list (makeoutmusic, Hate and War, Combat Crisis, Percocettes), and not only are the shows fun, they're good people too.

The grandstanding about punk music (i. e. "punk as an ethos is great, punk as a genre is stupid, punk's been dead for 25 years," or "who cares about these bands, half of them won't exist in a year,") and its fans (dad's Volvo; "if i were only 14," etc.) reflects an unwillingness to learn or understand the history of the genre, or take the opportunity to try something new. If you're not interested in that, then don't go, but please - nobody's impressed by the myriad rehashing of old, busted stereotypes about the genre, or its fans. (Considering most punk bands play in bars more frequently than in all-ages venues, especially in my area - Jersey - where all-ages venues are all but nonexistent - it's funny that people would assume the average punk fan is 14 years old. How do these 14 year olds get into the shows again?)

The spacebag comment, however, still stands.

Looking forward to tomorrow!

Posted by Jive Turkey | June 20, 2009 12:59 PM

the haters are old, grumpy, cynical farts.

Who cares if you heard of all the bands? How bad can 12 stages of music on the beautiful Governors Island be? If that doesn't sound fun to you, then DON'T GO, and let the less jaded have a good time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 1:12 PM

Heard of Team Spider. what if it rains?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 1:18 PM

Social Standards is great and Makeout music is pretty good too, but they're the only bands I've seen before from this list. Either way though, free show.

Posted by TexMurdockDDS | June 20, 2009 1:23 PM

"what if it rains?"

It is advertising "rain or shine"

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 1:45 PM

I love how each stage has a genre.

Nobody wants those "Philadelphia street punk" bands mixing with those "Crust and D-Beat" bands. Now THAT would be anarchy.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2009 6:02 PM

Cute punk girls
cute punk boy3
gin in a clear water bottle

Posted by whatever | June 20, 2009 11:31 PM

whatever, you forgot to add

dirty unprotected sex

accidental pregnancy and another kid with no future is brought into this world

Oh and this comment by Hugh:
"I'm just gonna ride the ferry back and forth like Siddhartha."


Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 1:16 AM

this is great fuck you if you dont want to go

Posted by bellatolz | June 21, 2009 8:01 AM

Water, snacks, and soft drinks will be for sale, along with Punk Island shirts, stickers and special limited edition skateboards. All proceeds from refreshments and merchandise go towards the Punk Island production expenses.

Posted by Punk merchandise | July 1, 2009 4:59 PM

Hipsters suck! Punk Island was AWESOME!

Posted by STARK | July 2, 2009 4:43 PM

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